HE was a shy, scrawny teenage boy when he first climbed the stairs to the PCYC gym.
Twenty months later 17-year-old Brady McMillan is preparing to flex his muscles at the Queensland Body Building Championships.
McMillan will travel to the Gold Coast next week to compete at the state titles being staged in the Southport RSL.
Competing in the under-19 division, he is hoping to finish in the top six, which would secure a spot at the National Championships later this year.
McMillan might be a complete novice, but he said he had a fair idea of what to expect at his first body building competition.
“My current coach, Jason Rewita, is a former body builder and has helped me prepare for the competition,” he said. “He has been tremendous.”
McMillan waltzed into the PCYC during the December school holidays in 2007 after experiencing trouble with some older, bigger boys.
“I was pretty self-conscious and had always wanted to be a bigger person and so headed to the gym.
“I had no idea what I was doing. I just watched some of the other people working out and copied what they were doing.”
He continued down this path for about six months, before former body builder Aaron Rolls approached him and offered him some advice.
“Aaron was great. He drew up a program for me and we trained together until he left several months ago.
“This was when I decided to give bodybuilding (as a sport) a crack.”
Rewita then started working with McMillan, preparing him for the upcoming Queensland Championships.
The 11 weeks leading into the event have been extremely challenging.
McMillan has been “stripping down”- reducing body fat and “cutting” his muscles.
“I have been on a really strict diet, going to the gym 10 times a week and doing three sessions at home,” he said.
“Most mornings involve a cardio session to reduce body fat and then gym sessions in the afternoon to build muscle tone.”
All this is squeezed in bwith his year 12 studies. “It has been difficult juggling it all, but I have a routine and everything has been working out. I have a great support crew, which makes the whole thing a lot easier,” he said
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